Lake Avenue Elementary Latest Recipient of Imagination Playground Vote for Play Award

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Imagination Playground, LLC announced today Lake Avenue Elementary as the latest recipient of their Vote for Play award. The National Blue Ribbon School located in Saratoga Springs, NY will receive a 105-piece Imagination Playground Big Blue Blocks set and Play Associate training, valued in total at $7500.

Lake Avenue Elementary is the latest Imagination Playground Vote for Play awardee.

Knowing how very special the Imagination Playground is and the stiff competition involved, I never dreamed we would win. Shame on me for ever underestimating the support of our PTA.

Imagination Playground, LLC—creators of the breakthrough play space concept that encourages child-directed, unstructured free play—announced today Lake Avenue Elementary as the latest recipient of their Vote for Play award. The National Blue Ribbon School located in Saratoga Springs, NY will receive a 105-piece Imagination Playground Big Blue Blocks set and Play Associate training, valued in total at $7500.

Upon learning the news, Lake Avenue Principal Dr. Barbara Messier shared her excitement, thanking the school’s PTA and staff.

“Knowing how very special the Imagination Playground is and the stiff competition involved, I never dreamed we would win. Shame on me for ever underestimating the support of our PTA. Reminded daily by teacher Bethany Nightingale, parents and staff voted daily. Thanks to this Blue Ribbon spirit, we are the proud and delighted recipients of this fantastic playground,” she said.

Dr. Messier went on to explain how the new Imagination Playground will solve many of the school’s play challenges, including limited space, the need for portability, and inability to play outdoors during icy winter months.

“While Lake Avenue needs play equipment, we do not need more permanently installed play equipment. The Imagination Playground is the perfect solution for our needs,” she said. “We can move these amazing pieces in and out of the school to allow for creative play anytime and any where! The sky's the limit as to how our Blue Ribbon students will create designs based on their imagination and passion for play.”

David Krishock, President & CEO of Imagination Playground offered his congratulations and praised the Lake Avenue school community for their efforts.

“When communities come together, kids win. That’s what our Vote for Play contest is all about,” said Krishock. “Thanks to your dedication, your students will be playing in the New Year, and for many years to come. We’re so happy we could help,” he added.

Imagination Playground’s Vote for Play contest is held multiple times a year, allowing communities to vote for their favorite school or family center to bring an Imagination Playground to the children they serve. Community members can vote once a day, every day, throughout each voting session.

Lake Avenue Elementary is the fourth Vote for Play awardee of 2016, and the 15th organization to receive the award since the contest’s inception. Earlier 2016 awardees include Kokomo-Howard County Public Library of Kokomo, IN, Finn Academy of Elmira, NY and River Oaks Elementary School of Gulfport, MS.

The next Vote for Play session will be announced in January, 2017. Schools and family centers interested in participating in the next Vote for Play session should check Imagination Playground’s Vote for Play web page, and follow Imagination Playground on Facebook and Twitter.

http://www.imaginationplayground.com/promotions/thank-you-for-voting.html
https://www.facebook.com/ImaginationPlayground/
https://twitter.com/ImgPlayground

To learn more about the creative play offered by Imagination Playground, or to bring the Big Blue Blocks to a school or family center, call 1-678-604-7466, or email ContactUs(at)ImaginationPlayground(dot)org.

About Imagination Playground, LLC

Imagination Playground is a breakthrough play space concept developed to encourage child-directed, creative free play. The kind of play that experts say is critical to children’s intellectual, social, physical and emotional development. Created by architect and designer David Rockwell and the Rockwell Group, Imagination Playground enables children to play, dream, build, and explore endless possibilities. Imagination Playground finds its home in daycare centers, kindergartens, elementary schools, children’s museums—and science, nature, discovery centers, camps, family centers, children’s hospitals, hotels, public parks and more—in North America and over 60 countries overseas. For more information visit http://www.imaginationplayground.com

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